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post #31 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 08:06 PM
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algae in our aquariums is distinguished by general appearance usually.

thread & hair algae (same stuff) it's long, thin strands that grow in the tank, you can see how the water if flowing if your curious, ... "algae eaters" are usually referring to fish & critters that eat this stuff, ... possibly this stuff only. (doesn't mean they'll touch anything else - unless otherwise stated)

staghorn and cladophora algae grow similar to each other, they're both branchy and fluffy like, one is a nice green and it stinks (clado), the other is only "greenish", it's not quite as bushy, it's tougher, doesn't stink, ... things will actually eat this (staghorn)

it all just turns into looks. and for the most part this is close enough for figuring out how to deal with it, what works & what doesn't.

if your after something specific, inquire with friends, chop it up, tear it up, throw it in your tank... then it's like a viral infection. your tank will have that always forever after, you may be able to get rid of the appearance, but never be fully rid of it. if the conditions are right and nothing is present to keep a particular algae in check it will spread like wildfire.

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if your not going to be so gung-ho, whatever sample you obtain would be great growing in aquarium water by the window.
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post #32 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-21-2013, 09:18 PM
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OK. I got this rock from my LFS. Can you ID the algae?
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This is in a snail only, window tank. I want algae on all the rocks.

Multiple planted tanks 1.75g to 55g.
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algae in our aquariums is distinguished by general appearance usually.

thread & hair algae (same stuff) it's long, thin strands that grow in the tank, you can see how the water if flowing if your curious, ... "algae eaters" are usually referring to fish & critters that eat this stuff, ... possibly this stuff only. (doesn't mean they'll touch anything else - unless otherwise stated)

staghorn and cladophora algae grow similar to each other, they're both branchy and fluffy like, one is a nice green and it stinks (clado), the other is only "greenish", it's not quite as bushy, it's tougher, doesn't stink, ... things will actually eat this (staghorn)

it all just turns into looks. and for the most part this is close enough for figuring out how to deal with it, what works & what doesn't.

if your after something specific, inquire with friends, chop it up, tear it up, throw it in your tank... then it's like a viral infection. your tank will have that always forever after, you may be able to get rid of the appearance, but never be fully rid of it. if the conditions are right and nothing is present to keep a particular algae in check it will spread like wildfire.

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if your not going to be so gung-ho, whatever sample you obtain would be great growing in aquarium water by the window.
+1 on everything, except that clado stinks.

while im sure some of it does, there are a lot of different species of clado. the stuff i have doesnt have much of a smell to it at all. its kinda like categorizing all primates as having a prehensile tail.

the clado i have is pretty tough stuff, but my shrimp happily eat it. they wont eat the larger older strands, but they will eat new growth. over time, the affect is a nicely trimmed patch of algae that can end up looking kinda like flat marimo algae patches.

without something to keep it trimmed, however, it takes over everything. the algae on the snail is actually a kind of BBA. the strands never get very long.
if you look at the front of the snail you can see a little staghorn algae. some of the snails i have only have this kind. most of them are pond snails, and it can look kinda funny sometimes when the staghorn grows a nice big clump on their backs.
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You gotta post a shot of this algae tank.
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post #35 of 44 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 03:51 PM
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This is impressive. It reminds me of the algae scrubber that I'm getting going in my non planted goldfish tank to control nitrates. Love the snail with the algae!
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You gotta post a shot of this algae tank.


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this is the tank the snail came from. the only actual plant is hornwort and some wayward duckweed. i dont really know why i have hornwort in there... seemed like a good idea at the time. the shrimp seem to like crawling around on it.

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i had bad marimo algae. never again will i own a moss ball. they loved my tank and ended up covering all my drift wood and collecting all the food when i fed the fish. the moss ball is not really moss but a type of clado algae. once that stuff likes a tank you cant get rid of it and it will start killing plants. 2 years i fought with it. since i am moving when the plants came out i bleached the tank and have 2 more to bleach before im done. i also have to get all new sponges cause they were totally covered in it and bleached all the rocks. not sure what i will do with the drift wood cause i dont want it in my tanks. yeah it looked nice for a while but then it took over all the drift wood and made it look really bad.
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this is the tank the snail came from. the only actual plant is hornwort and some wayward duckweed. i dont really know why i have hornwort in there... seemed like a good idea at the time. the shrimp seem to like crawling around on it.

how does your hornwort not get overgrown with algae?
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Haha! When I saw your snail I laughed out loud. I never knew they could grow algae on their shells. Oh man, that is so funny!!! Thanks for sharing.
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The only thing funnier than algae on a snail - walking into the kitchen to find your girlfriend, who was recently introduced to how well a Magic Eraser works to remove algae from acrylic, is cleaning all the snails with one.
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The only thing funnier than algae on a snail - walking into the kitchen to find your girlfriend, who was recently introduced to how well a Magic Eraser works to remove algae from acrylic, is cleaning all the snails with one.
i have actually done this....
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Love your green fuzzy snail! My pond snails get algae on them outside, but never like that!
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